St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley has been designated Oakland Diocese's Official Pilgrimage Site for the Fatima Centennial.

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, which concludes on November 26, 2017. Bishop Michael Barber has designated St. Joseph the Worker as the official Oakland Diocese’s pilgrimage site for visits, and the granting of the special indulgence.

St. Joseph the Worker is blessed to have a beautiful Lady of Fatima wood carved statue direct from Fatima, Portugal.

We had a wonderful turn out for our first Lady of Fatima Centennial Mass last Saturday on May 13th, with pilgrims from various parts of the Oakland Diocese, including Walnut Creek, Castro Valley, Hayward, San Ramon, Orinda, El Cerrito, Richmond, Newark, etc., and from outside the diocese as well.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Special Fatima Centennial events:

Saturday, June 3 at 10:00am
First Saturday Devotion to our Lady with group Rosary prayer, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (There will not be an 8:00am Mass this morning)

Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00pm
Lady of Fatima Centennial celebration – Mass

Saturday, July 1 at 10:00am
First Saturday Devotion to our Lady with group Rosary prayer, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (There will not be an 8:00am Mass this morning).

Thursday, July 13 at 7:00pm
Lady of Fatima Centennial celebration – Mass

See our Events Page for a full listing of upcoming Fatima Centennial events.

VIEW/DOWNLOAD/PRINT FATIMA CENTENNIAL BOOKLET


Getting to know our Lady of Fatima – Part II

Read Part I here.

As we prepare to celebrate The Fatima Centennial at St. Joseph the Worker thru November 26, 2017, it helps for us to have a little background, and so for the next few months we will be getting to know our Lady of Fatima with some historical background and stories compiled by Fr. Joseph Previtali, a priest from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and Adjunct Instructor of Dogmatics, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park.

Part II: We have the tendency to view human history as if God has no part in our affairs. This comes from the custom in our schools of discussing human affairs from a purely secular point of view for fear of offending people of different faiths. However, effects of Our Lady on our history are so clear that to ignore them is to distort reality until it appears irrational. The motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary is real and historical and it is the means through which Jesus Christ wishes to save us. He has made us His brothers and sisters, children of His Mother. The saints tell us that Christ wishes to triumph over the darkness of sin and evil especially through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady of Fatima is part of this history. The story of Our Lady of Fatima begins in the spring of 1916 with three shepherd children. Lucia dos Santos, nine years old, was with her cousins, Francisco Marto, age eight, and Jacinta Marto, age six. Lucia tells us what happened in her own words:

"We went on that occasion to my parents' property, which is at the bottom of the Cabeco, facing east. It is called Chousa Velha. "About the middle of the morning it began to drizzle and we climbed up the hill, followed by our sheep, in search of a rock that would shelter us. And so it was that we entered for the first time into that blessed place. It is in the middle of an olive grove that belongs to my godfather, Anastacio. From there one can see the village where I was born, my father's house, and also Casa Velha and Eira da Pedra. The olive grove, which really belongs to several people, extends as far as these places.

"We spent the day there, in spite of the fact that the rain had stopped and the sun was shining in a clear sky. We ate our lunch and began to say the Rosary. After that we began to play a game with pebbles. We had only been at it a few moments when a strong wind began to shake the trees and we looked up to see what was happening, since it was such a calm day. And then we began to see, in the distance, above the trees that stretched to the east, a light whiter than snow in the form of a young man, quite transparent, and as brilliant as crystal in the rays of the sun. As he came near we were able to see his features. We were astonished and absorbed and we said nothing to one another. And then he said: 'Do not be afraid. I am the angel of peace. Pray with me.'

"He knelt, bending his forehead to the ground. With a supernatural impulse we did the same, repeating the words we heard him say: ‘My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.' "After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said to us: 'Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are ready to listen to you.'

"And he disappeared. He left us in an atmosphere of the supernatural that was so intense we were for a long time unaware of our own existence. The presence of God was so powerful and intimate that even among ourselves we could not speak. On the next day, too, this same atmosphere held us bound, and it lessened and disappeared only gradually. None of us thought of talking about this apparition or any pledge of secrecy. We were locked in silence without having willed it."

Next Week: More of the fascinating story and history of Our Lady of Fatima.



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